1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 10, 2020 1:15 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking records about rejected immigrant


      My grandfather and his wife came here in 1913 but she was unable to remain due to possible TB. Is there info available to find out what happened to her?

        • Re: Seeking records about rejected immigrant
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Lesnett.


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub.


          If you know what port they may have arrived, the passenger arrival manifest may indicate that she was held at the port and where. Lists of detained aliens are often located at the end of a passenger manifest and include notations regarding meals provided, etc. Check the manifest to see if there is an indication that a Board of Special Inquiry (BSI) hearing was held. For background on manifest notations, please see https://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/left/.


          Sometimes when an immigrant was rejected and returned from a US port, you may be able to find them arriving approximately two weeks later at a different port.  For example, if an immigrant was rejected and returned from Ellis Island, we suggest that you check to see if they arrived approximately two weeks later at Philadelphia, Baltimore, or via a Canadian border crossing. 


          Alternatively, if she did return to the foreign port, you may want to search passenger arrival records at that port to see if you can track the entry at the other end of the trip.  Passenger arrival records from major foreign ports are often digitized online through sites like Ancestry.com.  The National Archives of a given country may also be a useful tool for tracking down relevant passenger manifests.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


          [Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]


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